China buys Brazil airport

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BRASILIA, 26 April 2017: Chinese conglomerate HNA has agreed to buy a stake in Rio de Janeiro’s airport from the corruption-tainted Brazilian firm Odebrecht, a government official said Tuesday.

HNA will take over from Odebrecht as the joint holder of a controlling stake in Tom Jobim airport, Brazil’s second busiest air hub with some 17 million passengers a year.

“The Odebrecht-HNA deal is closed. Only the paperwork remains,” a senior economy official in the government, Tarcisio de Freitas, told AFP. Read more

HCMC plans major airport expansion

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 25 April 2017: Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has submitted a detailed proposal to the Ministry of Transport to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport by 2020.

Local media reported it estimates the cost of newly building and upgrading the runway, terminals and transport systems around the airport will cost around VND19.3 trillion (USD850 million).

With demand growing by 15% a year, the airport will need to handle 50 to 60 million passengers by 2025, when Long Thanh International Airport in neighbouring Dong Nai province is expected to be inaugurated. Read more

Myanmar’s beach destinations to watch

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot, according to the latest C9 Hotelworks report.

According to research released in C9 Hotelworks’ Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, over 70,000 visitors visited the resort last year, which was an impressive 31% year-on-year increase. Most travellers booked domestic flights to the gateway Thandwe Airport from Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Heho and Sittwe.

Based on discussions with the local authorities, C9 Hotelworks believes Thandwe is currently in advanced discussions to add in direct international flights in the not too distant future. Read more

CAG, SIA and STB beef up partnership

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 19 April 2017: Singapore’s big three, Changi Airport Group, Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board, have extended their joint partnership for another three years funded by a record SGD33.75 million investment.

The joint promotional fund will be used to sell Singapore as an attractive stopover and twin it with other destinations in the region.(1)

Efforts will focus on promoting Singapore as a stopover or twinning destination to travellers globally. The previous approach targeted just travellers from specific long-haul markets such as the US and Europe. Read more

Chicago airport security under fire

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 18 April 2017: As United Airlines struggles to recover from the public relations disaster sparked when a passenger was violently removed from a flight in Chicago, the airport security officers involved in the incident are facing tough scrutiny.

Officials in the mid-west US city are looking at why the three officers — all now placed on administrative leave —  were on the plane in the first place, amid criticism from elected officials and the United pilots’ union.

The officers — who are unarmed and meant to back up local law enforcement — were called by airline employees after the passenger, David Dao Pepper, refused to give up his seat for crew that needed to be repositioned for other flights. Read more

Belated apology from United

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 12 April 2017: The chief executive of embattled United Airlines unequivocally apologised Tuesday for an incident in which a passenger was dragged off a plane, promising a thorough review of the airline’s practices.

The apology came amid a torrent of criticism of the carrier’s actions on a Sunday flight and its initial explanations.

In images now seen worldwide, a passenger was forcefully removed and bloodied in the process — the entire event captured on video by passengers and posted on social media. Read more

Security tightened at airport

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is working with the Tourist Police Division to increase security during the Songkran holiday and ensure taxis and public transport do not cheat passengers.

Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra and commissioner of the Tourist Police Division, Pol Maj Gen Prasert Ngenyuang, confirmed a joint-effort to provide more security services for tourists at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. Read more

Dusit develops D2

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 April 2017: Dusit International has signed a management consultancy agreement with Sanguantas Development Company to operate dusitD2 Chaengwattana, an upscale business hotel in Bangkok’s northern suburb near Don Mueang International Airport (DMK).

Due to open in 2020, the 200-room hotel will have 23 floors and feature a rooftop international restaurant and bar, a rooftop infinity swimming pool, fitness centre, and a large banqueting facility offering panoramic views of Thailand’s capital city.

Located on Chaengwattana Road between Soi 23 and 25, the hotel has convenient access to the expressway. Read more

Chiang Mai enjoys tourism boom

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 3 April 2017: Chiang Mai’s tourism market has undergone a transformation that is now tapping a new base of travellers seeking authentic Thai experiences.

Last year, over 4.6 million arrivals at the city’s international gateway thrust the destination into a new light, as the passenger volume only trailed Phuket in terms of provincial airports in the country.

According to C9 Hotelworks’ latest market research Chiang Mai Hotel Market Overview much of the growth has been fueled by rising low-cost carriers, with 5,346 flights from Greater China last year. Read more

One queue less at Phuket airport

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 30 March 2017: Phuket Airport will use an in-line screening system for hold baggage checks, effective 1 April, to end long queues at the terminal entrance where passengers currently have their bags screened.

The security screening at the terminal entrance works fine for small airports, but despite an expansion of the terminal building,  the baggage check at the entrance continued and is now a major bottleneck causing long queues and complaints.

Airport director, Monrudee Gettuphan, said that effective 1 April, Phuket Airport would do away with terminal entrance screening, for the more efficient in-line screening system where baggage is checked on the belts as it moves from the check-in counters to the baggage handling area. Read more

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